Charlotte A. Watson

Executive Director, New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts

Charlotte A. Watson

Charlotte Watson is an architect of social change who has been a leader in the effort to end violence against women for decades. She has served as Executive Director of My Sisters’ Place, Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, the State Refugee Coordinator, and the Senior Advisor on Trafficking to the Governor of New York. As Legislative Chair of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she led extraordinary change in New York

State’s domestic violence laws. She currently serves as Executive Director of the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts for the New York State Unified Court System.

“There can be no debate about the efficacy or legitimacy of prostitution as ‘sex work’ until women and men, girls and boys, have experienced a generation or more of sustained, full legal and social equality in the absence of poverty. Until then, prostitution is harm.”